Jeremy McNichols By The Numbers

April 29th, 2017

New back in the house

Dirk Koetter is an Idaho man through and through, the pride of Pocatello.

And Koetter has a soft spot for those who have spent time there.

Courtesy of the Idaho Statesman, here some numbers on the Bucs’ new Boise State running back, Jeremy McNichols.

McNichols by the numbers

▪  5-foot-9, 214 pounds

▪  4.49 seconds in the 40-yard dash (tied for No. 7 out of 28 RBs at combine)

▪  1,709 rushing yards as a junior (No. 6 among RBs in NFL Draft)

▪  27 total touchdowns as a junior (No. 2 among RBs in NFL Draft)

▪  88 receptions between sophomore and junior years

McNichols, obviously, is a serious talent who will get to compete with Charles Sims, Peyton Barber and Jacquizz Rodgers.

Sorry, Joe is convinced Doug Martin won’t play for the Bucs in a real game again.

(The Idaho Statesman link above is a nice feature on McNichols).

75 Responses to “Jeremy McNichols By The Numbers”

  1. Couch Fan Says:

    For all the whining over not taking a RB, I would of thought Joe would of been a bit more excited. LoL
    What whining? Joe’s not going to pretend to be wildly excited over a guy Joe didn’t see play. Glad they got a new RB since Martin is sure to be moving on.–Joe

  2. Guzzie Says:

    Thank god we got a decent RB, he was literally the last decent RB left, he has skills, same speed as Cook, decent hands 88 catches in last 2 years, no character or injury concerns, good pick

  3. DB55 Says:

    Did he come out early? Boise st always got good RB.

  4. Markus Says:

    Martin will be a Buc this year Joe you are delusional

  5. unbelievable Says:

    Say Joe, do you think Doug Martin will the team next year?

    Cuz you definitely haven’t written about it on every single RB article or anything… 😜

  6. tdtb2015 Says:

    Looking forward to preseason!

    Go Bucs!!!

  7. Doctor Stroud Says:

    Welcome to Tampa, Jeremy McNichols!

  8. macout247 Says:

    Fantastic blocking back…great pick.

  9. Ocala Says:

    The Bucs have awful running backs
    I’m confident this fifth round running back will be our starter.

  10. Chris Says:

    Quuck, very good balance, doesn’t dance like Simms

  11. Not there yet Says:

    He reminds me of Martin in that when I watched his highlight tape after getting drafted by us I want all that impressed. Welcome to Tampa please no late night hanging out with Martin. If contributes close to Martin it’ll be considered another steal

  12. Doug Martin Says:

    Doug Martin will be on the roster in 2017. Licht all but confirmed it last night. They took this Boise State kid to give them leveridge in his contract re-negotiation. He will be on 3 mill a year in a prove it situation.

  13. Mike Evans GOAT Says:

    Like him. His write up said he doesn’t dance in the backfield, so that got me excited cuz I can’t watch another twinkle toes. 27 TDS!!!!! Wow

  14. rayjay1122 Says:

    I believe he was rated as a 4th rounder. Not bad value for a need position in the mid 5th round. Though I would not have been upset with DT Caleb Brantley either.

  15. Chris Says:

    3-4 round grade

  16. DB55 Says:

    Yea ray rice and Doug Martin had a baby and his name is Jeremy McNichols. BSU RBs are fire. Let’s see what he does in camp.

  17. TheRealJoe Says:

    Why in the hell would they not keep Doug Martin if they waited until the fifth round in the draft to draft his “replacement”?! He was the second leading rusher in the nfl in 2015. I could see us cutting him if we were in cap trouble or if he failed another drug test, but it would be idiotic to get rid of him unless we sign Blount or something. I don’t get why that makes any sense to you.

  18. Chris Says:

    Wouldnt be suprised if he out lroduces Fournette, I think Fournette will be injury prone

  19. Not there yet Says:

    Serially stubborn Joe considering you have no idea how to run a team. If you can keep Martin for a fraction of the price due to losing all his guarantees why get rid of a guy you know who knows the offense? You’re sticking to your story because you were the first to say he was gone and you don’t want to admit you were wrong.

    Licht could understandably do that with aguayo since you say he’s gone too and I hope your 0-2

  20. NJBucsFan Says:

    Martin will be back in Wk 4. Most likely on a resrtucted deal but he will be back

  21. Chris Says:

    Out produces

  22. Stpetebucsfan Says:

    At least this guy has decent speed..about a quarter second faster than Martin so hopefully he’s not getting hauled down from behind.

    If Barber can provide some power running this should be a good addition to our “committee”.

    Little guys trying to block scare me but Dirk knows what he’s doing. He may come up with another FB or hybrid FB/TE like Stocker.

    I love our weapons for Jameis…not it’s time to protect the investment,

  23. McCoy Says:

    I can’t believe the money I paid the Bucs scouts too not endorse a DT keeps working. Last 2 drafts have been stacked but I’m still the guy in Tampa Bay! Can’t wait for HBO Hard Knocks and MY spotlight segments! Let’s have fun this year and be done by week 17!

  24. Tbbucs3 Says:

    Unlikely that Mcnicholas makes it past the final cuts. We need power to our running backs and the elephant in the room for that is Legarrete Blount. Sign Blount Licht!

  25. Jeremy Says:

    So… you would like to walk away from Doug Martin for an unproven 5th round pick? That is like firing Ira for a kid that won a writing award in college. Slow down Joe, I wouldn’t be so sure that barber isn’t the guy who gets cut or even if this kid can make the team.

  26. Couch Fan Says:

    What whining? Joe’s not going to pretend to be wildly excited over a guy Joe didn’t see play. Glad they got a new RB since Martin is sure to be moving on.–Joe
    Have you not been repeatedly begging, pleading needlessly for months now for a RB when Licht has said he is happy with what we have? Thats called whining to me. Sure it may not be a guy you know of but you got your position addressed. But then again his name isnt Cook so was silly of me to think you’d be just a little bit happy.

  27. Craig Says:

    A clean, rededicated Doug Martin
    can be a damn good back.

  28. Eric Denman Says:

    McNichols is a thumper

  29. Lamarcus Says:

    Joe is in denial or he has inside Intel. Or just Joes most hated buc today. Martin is playing and makes no sense to rid of him.

  30. EA Says:

    They may need all running backs they have on the roster, including Dougie, last year they dropped like flies and let’s hope bucs have learned from that.

  31. bucs_365 Says:

    Joe wants to bury Doug Martin. I guess Doug punched Joe’s sister in the face. Only explanation for this level of contempt.

  32. Marques Sousa Says:

    Played against very weak competition. Numbers are very inflated.

  33. Blake_bucsfan Says:

    Yeah for some reason One or both of the Joes seem to be allergic to depth.

    Like when he suggested we’d trade Cam Brate because we drafted O.J.

    Martin, McNichols, and Quizz will be our main committee in 2017.

    If there is a casualty at the RB position, it’s likely to be Sims, seeing that Jeremy McNichols is more than capable of supplanting Chuck as the teams primary receiving back.

    Solid pick. And really good value.

    Sims is healthy and brings great dimension to the offense as an explosive threat in his role, when healthy. See opening day last year. Dirk Koetter is a huge fan. And Sims is going nowhere. –Joe

  34. Jeremy Says:

    Doug is gonna take a pay cut. Where else is he going to go? He is a player that needs to get backed in a corner and will excel. The bucs have Doug right where he needs to be – everything to lose if he is not in top form. I expect him to have a huge year

  35. Joeypoppems Says:

    He is an upgrade over Sims as a 3rd down back and Sims is a FA after this year. Who knows, maybe he can be the next breakout late round RB.

    And yes Boise State has been on a nice streaks with RBs, Doug Martin and Jay Ajayi (also a 5th round pick)

  36. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    Another Evans from Texas A&M, another Linebacker from LSU, another RB from Boise St. Very interesting indeed.

  37. Blake_bucsfan Says:

    Don’t get me wrong, I like Charles Sims, but he has been somewhat injury prone so far in his career.

    And I just think McNichols is the more natural inbetween the tackles runner, in addition to being a solid receiving threat out of the backfield.

    Chuck had a chance to establish himself as the lead guy last year, he came up small, and then he got hurt.

  38. Chris Says:

    Had a 76 yrd reception, forner receiver, doesn’t dance like your guy Simms Joe. But than again, Simms is probably nicer to you in the locker room than Doug. My theory is, Doug reads ypur article, hates the Muscle Hamster references, doesn’t talk to you in the locjer room and/or gave you a look or response to the Hamster references and doesn’t talk to you anymore. Hence, your deep animosity towards him.Probably get banned now….
    Joe doesn’t care at all what guys like Joe or not. Joe likes Martin. Nice young man. Very polite. Martin was a terrible running back last season. Turn on the tape. Joe is ready to move on from a player who has had three bad seasons and is suspended until October and is likely in the NFL’s drug program. It’s not rocket science. Martin is not trustworthy.–Joe

  39. Jeremy Says:

    Charles sims is not a lead back and never will be. Does not run with power. He is a great 5-8 touch a game guy but that is all

  40. Jeremy Says:

    lol Chris

  41. Stpetebucsfan Says:


    You need to pay attention to your name. Technically we ARE NOT THERE YET…and so neither you nor Joe is yet correct or mistaken. Time will tell.

    I just do not see the upside in a back who sucked 60% of his career and was decent for 40%. He IS GUARANTEED TO SUCK FOR AT LEAST 18% OF THIS YEAR!!! as in not even being allowed to show up!!! Does that mean he can’t even practice? Does he literally have to stay away from OBP? He’s supposed to return in game 4 after missing all of this and sucking out loud last year and return to the form of two of his seasons?

    I’m not saying he can’t because I have high hopes for our OL this year. I’m simply saying if we have a great running game this year it will be predicated on a great OL…a QB and group of receivers that strike such fear into DC’s that it opens up the running game…it won’t be because of whomever we insert at RB.

    As we saw in Atlanta Sims “can” be a difference maker if he’s healthy. He can SCORE from anywhere on the field. Quizz….maybe…verdicts still out in my mind. Barber is the power member of the committee…we can’t expect him to take it to the house. I do expect him to become a good blocker.

    Martin doesn’t scare DC’s anymore than any other back on our squad. If he plays to his max I think our OL gets him over 1,000 but why when we have a couple of other candidates who can also run for the same clip behind a good OL?

  42. Garv Says:

    5th rd pick. Will he make the roster and contribute? I certainly believe so. It’s a good pick!

  43. rayjay1122 Says:

    Martin has strong seasons when he has incentives. Contract year was a strong season. He then gets paid and we all know how that worked out. I think if we give him a 2nd chance that he will have a something to prove type of attitude and probably will have a strong season. We might as well milk him for all the juice he will give us while we can. Rodgers and Martin can make a good tandem especially with such an improved group of receivers. Teams will think twice about putting 8 men in the box with our potential air attack.

  44. Chris Says:

    McNichols scored a td in 24 straight games in 2015-16, longest streak since 2005.

  45. Chris Says:

    If McNichols runs like he does in his highlights, Martin might not have a starting job by game 4

  46. Blake_bucsfan Says:

    NFL.COM SAYS: Able to elude sudden traffic in backfield. Not much dancing. Can shift rush tracks without tapping brakes. Fluid, flexible hips allow for multiple jump cuts and direction changes up to second level. Great vision and quick to process field in front of him. Trusts his offensive line and doesn’t need point of entry for committed, downhill approach. Anticipates flow of second level defenders and responds accordingly. Good feel for interior running. Doesn’t mind challenging tacklers. Stays low and finds crevices. Plus lateral agility and acceleration. Adequate speed to perimeter. Runs with body control and adjusts balance points to careen off tackle attempts. Legit pass catching option with five catches of 25-plus yards this year. Can be split out and work down the field. Two seasons of monster production on ground and through air.

    We got this guy, in addition to O.J. & Godwin, with 2 guys on defense that have high ceilings & are thumpers that can scoot.

    Jason Licht is sitting at a respectable B+ for me over all.

  47. Jersey Buc Says:

    Who drafted these guys? Licht or Winston? Everything geared to score, but they still can’t stop no damn body when it counts. A pass rush that disappeared from thanksgiving till the end of the year, has not been addressed. They have no edge rushers. Spence is a question mark after having surgery. Smith is an injury waiting to happen. Ayers will be 33 by opening day. Gholston has yet to learn how to rush the passer. I’m not sure I understand the plan, here. All I hear is how we shouldn’t question guys who make a lot of money, making these decisions…the same guys who traded up and drafted a kicker in the 2nd round last year. And with the group of QBs they’ll be facing this year, what Carr did last year has a chance to happen several times over this season. Makes no sense, at all.

  48. Mikadeemas Says:

    I just don’t get all the Joe hate. Always trying to prove you guys wrong. Bunch of know it all, keyboard “experts”! I for one appreciate your coverage and obvious commitment to our Buccaneers. Thanks and keep it up!! GO BUCS!!
    Joe doesn’t mind the “hate.” Comes with the territory. People often read what’s not written here and start to assume all kinds of things. Whatever. Joe has no beef with Martin. His time is simply done in Tampa. It’s pretty obvious, barring a bizarre twist of events. –Joe

  49. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    I love all the content but Joe is just being stubborn at this point. I wanted to move on from Doug and I was sure the team was too. After watching the way this draft unfold I seriously think he must be coming back. A 5th round back is not the end all be all so I am man enough to concede that I was wrong. Joe I guess won’t back down after all the posts saying Martin was gone.

  50. passthebuc Says:

    For last laugh, he will probably make it as special teams. Punt and Kick returner extraordinaire.
    Stop complaining about what we don’t have and be excited about what we do have. So far we got the steal of the draft in the first round. We did not take a kicker in the 2nd. Beckwith will be a needed addition in a 3-4. Evans can run and jump with the tall receivers.

    Get positive folks. No one ever one a Superbowl being negative

  51. Stpetebucsfan Says:


    Not that I disagree with your grade…just curious how we can know yet.

    I think we all concede Licht hit the Lotto on the first pick…better to be lucky than good…not to knock Licht who I respect and admire but that was no Kwon pick…not even a Spence pick…it was the ONLY pick. Not his fault though and got him off to a great start.

    After that…some serious questions in the 2nd. Remember we need to improve our pass rush and to pick an unheralded Safety over a 6-4 280 lb DE that put up these kind of numbers 68 tackles, 21.5 tackles for loss, 16 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries and a blocked extra point….

    I just fear the Evans pick will forever be compared to the what could have been with Walker. But who knows…maybe Evans will turn into the next HoneyBadger.

    3rd round appears great…after that ????

    And so how will we know until a few years down the road. I do not disagree with your grade but if it wasn’t for all my questions about Evans I might grade a bit higher and due to my prejudice for DE’s over Safeties I definitely be scoring this draft higher if we got Walker.

    But I agree with you…B is what it looks like right now.

  52. Blake_bucsfan Says:

    Not saying anything is set in stone, that’s just my projection.

  53. Kalind Says:

    I both agree and disagree with you guys and Joe.

    I think Doug could be back (even thoug I don’t WANT him back. He’s lazy. He doesn’t try. Thinks about himself first and always. Gets a hangnail and can’t run for 7 weeks. Guy is an absolute clown. He’s the player i dislike most on the team and can’t wait til he’s gone.)

    That being said, if he restructures for like 1.5mil, he could stay. Otherwise, he’s toast.

  54. Jersey Buc Says:

    No one ever won a super bowl without laying a hand on the QB, either. Should be fun. Lol.

  55. Blake_bucsfan Says:

    Mike smith is gonna be a blitzing fool this year, Just watch, we drafted Beckwith for a reason.

  56. Blake_bucsfan Says:

    and we already know that Lavonte and Kwon excell at getting Qb’s on a blitz.

  57. Stpetebucsfan Says:

    We’ve been looking at the Martin question from the perspective our our fandom…
    some love him when he’s healthy….some are not as excited…others can’t get past the drug betrayal….but put our feelings or even the Bucs needs or feelings on hold for just one moment.

    Let’s look at this from the position of Doug Martin. What will be the best move for his career which teetering right now with a suspension hanging over him and a betrayal of his “current” team.

    Money is not going to drive this as much as normal because Doug has crushed his earning power for this year. Yeah he can get an incentives laden prove it contract perhaps but that’s his BEST hope. Doug cut his financial throat with the Molly.

    And so from Doug’s perspective he wants to go to the place where he can resurrect his career. He may feel he needs an absolutely fresh start. Let’s face it there would be enormous pressure on him if he plays for us. We already have opinions and attitudes. One of the other 31 groups of fans might be more open more quickly.

    Where would he get the work? That may guide his choice as well. Would he get the same opportunity here or a better shot elsewhere in terms of touches? Doug is going to need his touches.

    And am I mistaken or isn’t this how it goes down. Licht eventually has to honor Doug’s current overinflated contract or cut him. After he cuts him the Bucs of course like the other 31 teams would then be free to negotiate a new deal.

    In essence Doug Martin is a free agent right now if he wants to be. There is NO way Licht honors Martin’s contract so in effect Doug can bargain with everybody including the Bucs.

  58. Jersey Buc Says:

    He’s going to have to be. Lol.

  59. Fred E. Bucs Says:

    Now Joe is heckling…saying Doug is moving on. Really? No way. Wow, Joe really got his pride smacked with this draft. Wrong all the way. That’s okay though…still great dialog, full coverage, though misinforming on needs, and much better than TBT. Bucs draft: A- Joe’s coverage of Bucs draft. B+.

  60. Fred E. Bucs Says:

    Joe…Martin not trustworthy? And Dalvin Cook is? That’s the best one yet. Looks like 32 NFL GMs agree with me on that.

  61. AceofAerospace Says:

    Goodbye Drug Martin, he can’t be trusted, he can’t be relied on and he already guaranteed to miss almost a quarter of next years season. Only an idiot would put your playoff hopes in his basket. He had his chance, he pissed it away. Good luck in Oakland/Las Vega’s Drug.

  62. BUC55 Says:

    I’m so glad that the knowledgeable fans on this site have collectively called out Joe’s BS on several issues: Doug Martin, Cook, not needing a TE etc. You might want to get this train back on the track before you lose any more credibility.

  63. Pickgrin Says:

    McNichols had over 2100 combined yards and 27 TDs last year. Sounds pretty damn productive to me. Good value in the 5th round!

  64. jameisaintnopunk Says:

    how bout they sign blount, start him and bring in the boise bull{MCnichols} as a change up, cut martin and keep jaquiz and barber, we would have thunder and lightning, kinda like WD/40 wouldn’t that be some cool stuff with this offense, just my opinion

  65. Buc this Says:

    Well he needed to be a Tampa boy today and taken Mack .

  66. Taren28 Says:

    Joe you say Doug is not trustworthy which is true, 2 injured seasons and a season with an injury and drug problems shows that. Yet you fail to realize that he is the most trustworthy back on our team. Also the best pure nner on our team.

    Quiz has been in the league how many years, and has NEVER been able to shoulder the load at RB, always been a rotational guy.

    Sims has been injured just as often as Doug if not more. Has

  67. Taren28 Says:

    Joe you say Doug is not trustworthy which is true, 2 injured seasons and a season with an injury and drug problems shows that. Yet you fail to realize that he is the most trustworthy back on our team. Also the best pure nner on our team.

    How bout you go back and watch Martin run last year. Dreadful. Stop making excuses. What the hell is wrong with wanting to move on from an unproductive, suspended player. –Joe

    Quiz has been in the league how many years, and has NEVER been able to shoulder the load at RB, always been a rotational guy.

    Sims has been injured just as often as Doug if not more. He can’t run between the tackles.

    Who knows what we have in Peyton Barber, but one can imagine he’s going to be the bell cow.

    Yet Joe wants to oust the best RB on our roster? A guy who’s proven he can run all over this league when healthy. He was 2nd only to AP his rookie year in all purpose yards. A couple years later he did it again.

  68. Trubucfan22 Says:

    This guy has similar talent and measurables as cook. And we didnt have to waste a high round pick on him just to please the fanboys. solid pick. He doesnt need to be the guy this year. Martin will get to show him how to do it first. 😉

  69. MIkeyMacfly Says:

    If Joe ran a team he’d have the first pick in every draft

  70. Dave Says:

    Excellent pick.
    I saw him play a few times, he looked like Doug from 2 years ago.
    I love RBs to be under 6′, they seem to be more elusive and explosive.
    I also love the fact that they did not go RB in the first round— never ever ever do that! (Even though I started drinking the Cook koolaid )

    Now they just need another DL
    and everything is looking great!

  71. FuNkYxMuNkEy Says:

    Really like this pick. Will compete from day 1

  72. SteelStudBuc Says:

    I could see Peyton Barber getting cut. McNichols will probably end up on the roster but wind up on practice squad.

  73. SteelStudBuc Says:

    Martin stays on roster 2017 season

  74. denjoe Says:

    If Doug doesn’t resign a new deal with us? can we get compensation?
    I don’t see why they didn’t make a play for a free agent, if he’s leaving.

  75. Getaclue Says:

    I’d rather sign Blount than take a chance on Martin letting the team down again with playoffs on the line